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He punches the priest on principle. In each case, there is no awareness of contradiction. It is also a literary masterpiece. Management asks rhetorically, “What if we all get lost in thought — who’ll be left to act? Nastya’s working class rhetoric, which she first used in order to fit in, is now violent in nature.

Also by Andrey Platonov. There are some powerful images and moments, although overall I found it more difficult and less cohesive than Happy Moscow. Even with a very good explanatory afterword and thorough notes, it remains mysterious.

The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov

George Saunders and Austrian Elfriede Jelinek are two other, very divergent but likewise successful latter-day practitioners of this strategy of making the monstrous Caliban-language of the mass culture sing its own inadequacy.

His name is Prushevsky and, like Voschev, he feels that something is ;it in his life.

Zhachev and Nastya visit the village, and Yelisey introduces them to the local blacksmith: Retrieved from ” https: Indeed, it is hard to believe that Platonov believed the book safe to show others, let alone that he would try to see it published. This theme is easily observable in the quotations of Voschev and Zhachev. He’s roaring loudly, almost as if in song, and no one understands why.


I found the book too overwhelming.

In The Foundation Pitthe critique of Stalinism is unmistakable. At once The Foundation Pit is a chilling view of the utopian ideal, but its themes run deep and show foyndation the fate of humanity rests upon how exactly political and philosophical ideologies are carried out, and to what extent.

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Safronov counters that proletarians live for the enthusiasm to work. Chiklin kills one of them out of anger, and a second peasant turns up dead under suspicious circumstances.

Yelisey carries away the coffins, which are tied together by a long strand of rope. Chiklin walks through an old tile factory and finds Julia, the boss’s daughter whom Prushevsky — and he, too, it is realized — kissed so many years earlier. Voshchev picked up the leaf that had withered and hid it away in a secret compartment of his bag, where he took care of all kinds of objects of unhappiness and obscurity. Chiklin kills him with a sledgehammer. However, Safronov condemns him for thinking outside of the box and asks whether he received “a special kiss in infancy” that allows him to make better decisions than the government’s experts back in Moscow.

And then everything seems to be left in the past… But everyone keeps waiting and growing old and then it is time to die… The Foundation Pit is an absolutely perspicacious allegory.

Voschev also works at a slower pace than everyone else except for one man, Kozlov, whom the others make fun of for masturbating so often. See all books by Andrey Platonov.

The Foundation Pit

Why do you think Lenins lying there in Moscow still intact?. After liquidating all their last breathing livestock, the peasants had begun to eat beef and had instructed lit the members of their households to do the same; during this brief time they had eaten beef as if it were a communion–no one had wanted to eat, but the flesh of dear and familiar carcasses had to be hidden away inside one’s own body and preserved there from social ownership.


Most have been slower to emerge from shadow. But what better time to celebrate its emergence than during what voundation hopefully be, in the face of recent economic and political upheavals, a time of worldwide national rebirths. Not a talking bear. There was too much I wanted to say about it, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it justice, because however much I did say, there would always be something left out. The difference with this novel is that it is not about psychology, abnormal or otherwise, or even about philosophy.

All of nature is reduced to a human apprehension of its utility, or lack thereof. When Prushevsky questions why Chiklin is doing such a foundatikn, Chiklin replies. In short, I will state that it is the strangest and most disturbing novel I have ever read, but ‘strange’ and ‘disturbing’ in a unique way, not in the way th It has been two years since I read this novel and unlike all the other books I have listed on Goodreads I never wrote a review for this one.

Briefly, it is the story of a man who is starting life over after being booted from his former job for thinking too much.

A smattering of other Platonov titles have turned up in recent times, and one can hope he will penetrate the American literary consciousness.